Like everything else, your vehicle requires regular maintenance, which means some parts require replacement. A 2016 Nissan Rogue battery will not last forever. If you are lucky, you will get four years out of a battery, and that is based on the best-case scenario. While you can write down the date you purchase a battery and plan to replace it three to four years from that date, most people don’t. Most people need to watch for signs of wear or a dying battery.
1. Bad Engine Smell
An obvious sign of a dying battery is a rotten egg smell. If you smell an odor coming from your car’s hood, it is likely time to replace the batter. The scent is the result of overcharging or the release of hydrogen sulfide. The more likely culprit for a dying battery is hydrogen sulfide.
2. Slow Engine Start
When a battery dies, it cannot produce a strong enough electrical current to start your vehicle every time. You might hear a clicking noise, indicating that a charge is reaching the starter but that it is not enough to turn over the engine. You might need to press the gas pedal to help the ignition. However, if you have to press the gas pedal to start your car, you likely need a new battery. The batter you purchase will depend on the make and model of your vehicle.
3. Dimming or Flickering Lights
Car batteries ensure there is enough power to turn on interior and exterior lights. Unfortunately, a dying batter will not have enough power reserved to power all the electrical components in the car. You might experience dimming headlights or flickering interior lights.
4. Intermittent Starting
A dying battery might work fine one day and fail the next. It is typical for vehicles with older batteries to start quickly one day and then stall or struggle to run the next. A batter that cannot maintain a stable and consistent charge is not worth keeping; it is only a risk. You do not want to end up stranded. Therefore, when you notice your vehicle stalling, take it to a local auto shop and have its battery tested. The technicians at many of these stores can help replace minor car parts, such as batteries.
A dying battery can also lead to frequent stalling. If the batter cannot hold a charge or take a charge, it will run out of juice, causing the car to stall. However, an alternator can also lead to frequent stalling.
The alternator’s job is to replenish the power to the batter while the vehicle is in operation. If you have a faulty alternator, it may not restore the energy to the battery.
6. Warped Casing and Corrosion
If you suspect an issue with your battery for 2013 Nissan Altima, turn off the car and open the hood. Examine the batter case. Is it warped? Are the connectors corroding? If yes, find the nearest auto parts store and buy a replacement.
Car batteries only last about four years. If you are not keeping track of the calendar, replacements can surprise you. If you are experiencing any of the above signs, take your vehicle to an auto part dealer for a battery test.